The Japanese authorities have approved a new strategy for the development of the Self-Defense Forces for 2019-2023. According to Aviation Week, the document provides funds for research and development of electromagnetic pulse weapons, which will be used to disable electronic systems of a potential enemy.
In modern war, the conflicting parties are increasingly dependent on electronic systems: communication devices, radar stations, guidance equipment, miniature drones. Therefore, the success of military actions depends in part on the suppression of the enemy’s electronic work.
Japanese companies will develop aviation electromagnetic munitions, although they have not yet disclosed the details about this project. In recent years, Japan has more actively developed its Self-Defense Forces, explaining these actions on the need to strengthen defense in the context of the growing military power of China and the aggression of North Korea.
Today, several countries in the world are developing electromagnetic pulse weapons with magnetrons. However, it can not be used in all military actions due to the too large area that falls under the action of weapons.
In September, on behalf of the Ministry of Defense of Japan, the military industry companies began to develop supersonic gliding warheads to protect the Senkaku Islands, whose territory is disputed by China. According to The Japan Times, the new ammunition will be part of the Japanese defense in 2026.